Area Leadership Volunteering

Each of our Area programs provide sports training and competition throughout the year for the athletes in their community. Leadership volunteers are needed to serve on Area councils and make Special Olympics happen from behind the scenes.

Our volunteer Area leadership is truly the only way we can provide year-round programs for our athletes. Members of our Area leadership assist with registering athletes, planning events, arranging transportation, recruiting new volunteers and sponsors, managing websites, taking pictures, publicizing activities, answering phones and email, and much more. Whatever your expertise, we need your help!

Available Roles & Responsibilities

Area Coordinator

The Area Coordinator is the leader of the Area program and is responsible for overseeing the administration, finances, and public relations aspects of the program.

Area Coordinator Elect

The Area Coordinator Elect assists the Area Coordinator and assumes the responsibilities of the Area Coordinator position when the current Area Coordinator’s term in office expires.

Area Support/Committee Member

Volunteers such as event planners, committee members, fundraisers, public relations specialists, and administrative volunteers are needed to assist Area leadership.

Athlete Recruitment Coordinator

The Athlete Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for recruiting athletes so all people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics Virginia.

Athlete Representative

The Athlete Representative provides input on the administration and delivery of the Area program and provides the athlete’s perspective on decisions made regarding the Area program.

Athlete Representative Mentor

The Mentor to the Athlete Representative assists the athlete in preparing for meetings, providing input on the administration and delivery of the Area Program, and providing the athlete’s perspective on decisions made regarding the Area Program.

Competition Coordinator

The Competition Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Area competitions.

Family Coordinator

The Family Coordinator is responsible for involving family members in the Area program and for providing activities and services for family members.

Fundraising Coordinator

The Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for raising sufficient funds to operate the Area program and ensuring all fundraising activities adhere to the State Corporation Commission laws and Special Olympics Virginia’s rules and regulations.

Local Coordinator

The Local Coordinator is responsible for all facets of the program in a specific geographical area that directly impact athletes.

Medical Coordinator

The Medical Coordinator is responsible for properly registering all Special Olympics athletes in the Area and for ensuring all Special Olympics activities have proper medical provisions and personnel.

Public Relations Coordinator

The Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for disseminating Area information to the athletes, volunteers, media and general public.


The secretary is responsible for taking minutes at every Area Council meeting and for writing and disseminating Area Council meeting agendas and minutes.

Sports Training Coordinator

The Sports Training Coordinator is responsible for coordinating athlete training programs in the Area.


The Treasurer is responsible for the financial activity of the Area or Local program.

Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, registering, and placing volunteers as needed in the Area.
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